Restored BN Depot & World War II Museum
Celebrating Railroad Heritage and Honoring World War II Veterans

Located in Red Oak ❤️ The Heart of Southwest Iowa
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Just a heads up with much information to follow. We will be having an afternoon with Lisa Ossian - originally from Stanton - on February 19 and she will be talking about a book she wrote on WWII - "The Homefront - WWII". I will be posting information about her and her visit to our wonderful Depot. Please try to attend on that Sunday afternoon. Secondly, we will be having another wonderful program in March - date to be set in stone - that will be with Bryce Douglas. Bryce has travelled the country - Texas to Minnesota and then west - following the "signatures" of the tramps that rode the rails. We have a wonderful example - we didn't realize until couple weeks ago - of "TEX" K.T. - which was Tex, King of the Rails who was a tramp that rode the rails for over 50 years. It will be a great program. Will post as soon as the date is set!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Mission is three-fold:

1 Celebrate Red Oak’s railroad heritage by preserving the Burlington Northern (BN, now BNSF) historic depot, which was foundational to Red Oak’s growth and prominence in Southwest Iowa, maintaining documents and artifacts related to Red Oak’s and Southwest Iowa’s railroad history and offering first-hand interaction with railroad history for visitors.

2 Honor veterans and Montgomery County’s long and deep commitment to serving our county by telling the story of Montgomery County’s unique sacrifice by soldiers, families and residents during the Second World War and preserving documents and artifacts related to this story.

3 Provide an affordable, historic and versatile event venue for the community and Southwest Iowa.

305 South Second Street
Red Oak, IA 51566
712-623-6048
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1st full week of March thru 2nd week of December:
Monday – Friday: 10 AM – Noon
Other times open by appointment

3rd week of December thru end of February:
Open by appointment only

The Museum is open by appointment during all other times.  Call Jolene Crawford to arrange a visit by appointment or book an event, 712-621-9099.

Support Provided By

* The Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

* The National Endowment for the Arts

IDCA Iowa Arts Council
National Endowment for the Arts